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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Karaoke Wonderland

by Jessica Bell

photo by Jorge Rodriguez


Last night at the BAM Fisher, nearly 250 people gathered to experience the ultimate version of artist-centric karaoke. The project, CKTV, organized by Cleopatra's and artist Chris Rice and presented by BAMart, in its third iteration, is a cross between performance art and good old fashioned hipster fun.

“We’re really excited to be able to do this project here at BAM,” said curator and Cleopatra's member Bridget Finn. CKTV was originally conceived as a whimsical experiment to explore what happens when artists are given the green light to self-produce and reinterpret longstanding karaoke hits. The end result? More than 70 charming and provocative videos projected on a screen in the form of a curated playlist.




CKTV, originally presented last year at a small bar in Bushwick, was eventually shown as a part of the Shanghai Biennial in late 2012. This is the first time the project will be presented in the form of both vocal performances and a more traditional video exhibition format. Some of the hits performed last night and documented on social media forums like Twitter, Instagram, and Vine include artist Daniele Frazier’s tantalizing version of "Little Bird" by Annie Lennox, and Buzzfeed writer Alix McAlpine’s show-stopping performance of Whitney Houston’s "I’m Every Woman."


Missed the party? You can still catch all of the videos on display in the Natman Room off of the Peter Jay Sharp Building lobby until May 10th.

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